JACKSONVILLE, IL - Canda Jo Fernandes Scott, 56, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born Nov. 6, 1957, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Billie V. and Peggy Crawford Fernandes. She married Doug Scott on May 6, 1988, in Las Vegas, Nev., and he survives.
Canda is also survived by two children, Evan Scott and Elise Scott, both of Jacksonville; her step-daughter, Rachel (husband, Karl) Smith of Springfield; granddaughter, Kaelyn Rae Smith; her mother, Peggy Fernandes of Jacksonville; siblings, Kirk (wife, Dru) Fernandes of Jacksonville and Jill (husband, Jason) Byal of Chatham; half-siblings Lori (husband, Lee) Hovasse of Jacksonville and David (wife, Erin) Fernandes of Clayton, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her father preceded her in death.
Canda was a graduate of Jacksonville High School and Eastern Illinois University where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She was employed by the State of Illinois for 33 years, serving as a senior public service administrator for the Department of Human Services. She provided a lifetime of service to individuals working toward achieving their independence.
Canda had a love for the outdoors, especially the beach in Florida. She also enjoyed walking and biking. Her hobbies included reading, shopping, and golfing. Canda loved to spend time in the kitchen, where she spent countless hours cooking for family and friends. Her generosity extended beyond the workplace, donating her time to various community activities. Canda's character was as unique as her name. Her infectious personality will be forever missed.
A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private interment will be held at East Cemetery in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, or the Canda Scott Memorial Fund, which is being established to provide Thanksgiving baskets to individuals served through the Home Services Program. Condolences may be left to the family online at airsman-hires.com.